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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Feb 24, 2010 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Belgian Ale

A few tasty Belgian-Style Ale's to get you primed for this evening's listening pleasure...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/dining/reviews/24wine.html?em

Cheers!!!

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Poster: cush212 Date: Feb 24, 2010 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Looks yummy, but we be poor here... Can only afford the Belchin' Ails...

;)

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Feb 24, 2010 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Cush have you tried the Stone IPA (brewed in San Diego) yet? Up here in NorCal it's $9/six-pack but it might be more reasonable for you being closer to the source. It's one of those beers that needs to be poured into a glass to be fully appreciated.... it's just that beautiful.

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Poster: Single Malt Date: Feb 25, 2010 4:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Beautiful is exactly right. Stone is the best tasting IPA I've ever had.

Starr Hill's IPA isn't too shabby either.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Feb 25, 2010 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

I'll keep my eye out for Starr Hill.. haven't noticed it in my neck of the woods, but I see it's from VA so it may not be widely distributed.

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Poster: Single Malt Date: Feb 25, 2010 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

I just went to the Starr Hill site, yes in Virginia. I'm an east coaster so...

But more interesting on the site is they have a beer I had never seen- Dark Starr Stout! The bottle even has roses on the front- must be a few dead heads in Charlottesville. I dislike stout but if I I run across it, I'd buy it just on principle.

http://www.starrhill.com/beer/dark-starr-stout

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Poster: cush212 Date: Feb 25, 2010 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

I'll keep an eye open for it... Thanks fer the tip!

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Poster: angular Date: Feb 25, 2010 3:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Make mine a Lambic.....and don't forget the Chimay cheese!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I'm heading to the "Continent" (London, Paris, Madrid) ina couple of o' weeks (business) and besides hoisting a pint of frothy Guinness, I thought I might ask those of you who are obviously well versed in these matters what else I should try.

Unfortunately, I will be putting in 12 - 14 hour days and have time for a pint (two in a pinch). I enjoy the darker ales, but am up for anything y'all think is a "must". I'm not a big drinker, but figure it's a good time to taste some things I can't get back in the States.

Have some foggy memory of a Dark Star ale coming from somewhere in the British Isles...could just be a false memory.

Thanks all!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 25, 2010 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thomas Hardy Ale - a Dorchester strong and dark that will put hair on your teeth.

John Courage Ale is also very nice, but you can find that in the US with a little looking around.

And if those don't scratch your itch, any Islay or Speyside single malt will help a big steaming pile of greasy fish and chips go down easier.

Bonus if the chips are wrapped up in a Sun Page 3 Girl.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

If you can find it, try Brains SA. It's a light-coloured malty best bitter which was colloquially known as "Skull Attack".
You may find it as a guest beer in a London pub, but be warned, it's potent.

xx

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Poster: roughyed Date: Feb 25, 2010 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Despite the fact that it was a Manchester beer avoid the piss called Boddingtons at all costs. It's now brewed and advertised by some conglomerate.
However, if you get to the centre of London there are a few pubs which sell SAM SMITHS. This is from Tadcaster in Yorkshire, and even a Lancastrian like me recommends it! The bitter is fairly dark for a bitter. I seem to recollect a pub near Leicester Square called Duke of Argyll or Argyll Arms or summat like that. But there are others around Soho. And you'll be amazed at the price.
See if they're on the Sam Smith's website. Sorry I've been so lazy and not found it - I'll look myself now.
WARNING - do not confuse SAM SMITHS with the ubiquitous JOHN SMITHS, which is more conglomerate-brewed piss (although ironically also from Tadcaster)!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thanks...I will look around on the web as well. I better start making a list lest I confuse the Smiths!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

Thank you all! Certainly enough to keep me busy for a few cold evenings! I shall raise a pint to all of you.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I am also going to London in a few weeks. I can't say i recall the names of many of the beers or ales i have had there in the past, however I tend to try the hand-pulled ones. I think I have only ever seen beers like this in one bar in the states. The Goose Island Brewery in Chicago.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Feb 25, 2010 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

I will be there the last week of March. Coming from warm So Cal and trying to stay warm in blustery England.

Safe travels!

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 25, 2010 5:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: European Variants

There is indeed a Dark Star brewery. It's based in Brighton (on the south coast) so I don't know if much of their beer is available in London. If it's a darker beer you're after there may still be some 'Winter warmers' about though as the name suggests it's a seasonal thing. A lot of breweries produce them.

FWIW my 2 favourite draught beers are Greene King's Abbot Ale, and Morland's Old Speckled Hen. Morlands was actually taken over by Greene King a couple of years back, but there wasn't much interference with the way they brewed. The best London brewery is Fullers, and their best beer is ESB. Enjoy.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 24, 2010 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

http://www.chimay.com/en/three_strong_personalities_217.php

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Feb 24, 2010 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Monks and microscopes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_sVVOk0njU

... and then they start mooing contentely...

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Feb 25, 2010 2:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Waffles

Ten years ago I would had a couple of each and then a couple more...

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Feb 24, 2010 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Tasty link Capt.. Plum out of Belgians in the home cellar tho. Anything from Ommagang, Allagash, or Cantillion would be mighty fine. Im in a restocking the cellar phase now.
Ill settle for my Smokestack Lighting Wee Heavy tonight. Cool post. I do so enjoy pairing brews with the DEAD.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Feb 25, 2010 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Ironic. My newest brew is a smoked porter I named Smokestack Lightning Porter. 65% Weyermann smoked malt in the grain bill. The inspiration was Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog brewery, brewed in the same brewery of the aforementioned Wild Goose in Frederick, Maryland. Mine is heavier in smoke than Road Dog though.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Feb 25, 2010 6:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Ha, thats pretty cool about the name. Just started working on the label. With 65% of the grist smoke malt, Id say your stack is mighty smokier than than mine. Being a Wee Heavy, I used Simpsons Peated malt. This is the grist.

Pale Malt 75.4%
Cara-Pils 2.9%
Ashburne 5.8%
Chrystal 30L 5.8%
Chrystal 75L 5.8%
Chocolate Malt 1.4%
Roasted Barley 1.4%
Light Peated Malt 1.4%

10 gal. batch 8% abv.
Wyeast Strong Scottish yeast

Ill cut the peat and the chocolate in half on the next round and up the chrystal 30.

I make a production Scotch Porter with 15lbs and 18lbs of Peated and Rauch respectively, for a 17 bbl. batch. A little bit of those two malts go a LONG way.

Happy brewing to ya, Cheers



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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Feb 24, 2010 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Brother Thelonious Belgian style ale brewed by North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg, CA is one of my favorites. Plenty of great Belgian out in the world, those monks know how to brew it

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Feb 24, 2010 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Good pick Madmonk. The Brother is a work of art. One of my favorite brewers for many a year. Cheers.

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Poster: bigbusboy Date: Feb 24, 2010 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Thanks for the link, I have long enjoyed Piraat and Duvel, and look forward to trying some of these others. Not mentioned is a brewery in MD called Wild Goose. Worth a try. In my grey haired years I feel a connection between the complex qualities of both the old Dead concerts available on Archive, and these finely crafted libations. Both go down easy, and can pack some power.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Feb 25, 2010 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

I prefer Wild Goose from it's original brewery in Cambridge (eastern shore) years ago, than what's being brewed at the current location in Frederick. Now Hempen Ale (made with hemp seeds) was a nice beer.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Feb 24, 2010 4:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Belgian Ale

Ya, 40's on the House and a little ...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-02-24.sbd.sssb-sbe-fix.sirmick.21370.sbeok.shnf


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